Long John Silver’s

600 W Bay St
East Tawas, 48730
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We went yesterday afternoon craving some long john silvers and the customer service here was honestly one of the best I've experienced as far as fast food goes. Kevin helped me figure out what combo worked best and we were out speedy! Good job!!

(989) 362-5431

Fast Food, Seafood

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A Different Blend

513 W Bay St
East Tawas, 48730
Reviews:
Excellent sandwiches and salads. Very fresh and nutritious, Lots of choices. Turkey, bacon, avocado with veggie sticks is my fave. Love to take lunch out on a picnic table overlooking the lake. Moderate prices. Great service.
One of a few places in this town that is actually worth it. Very good breakfast sandwiches.
Great atmosphere and delicious food and drinks. I love coming here to read, do homework, etc.

(989) 362-2403

Coffee & Tea, Sandwiches, Desserts

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G’s Pizzeria & Deli

115 E Bay St
East Tawas, 48730
Reviews:
I walked in and asked how their pizza was and they told me it was the best pizza in Tawas. Now I haven't tried the other pizza places in town, but if it ain't the best, it's pretty damn close. Friendly service, great pizza. Definitely worth checking out.
Great family place with a HUGE menu! They let us bring our dog onto their beautiful patio....gave her water! Place is clean, service was impeccable, food was delicious! They even have carb smart items.
So my husband and I had been to two previous places, and struck out. We decided, "what the hell, it couldn't be worse than any other place we've been to in this godforsaken city"... Thankfully we sat down at the bar, and Matt was our bartender and server. He introduced himself right away, made great menu suggestions, and served us the most incredible Long Island Ice-T's. He turned our evening around and made us feel like the city may not be quite as godforsaken. I highly recommend this place... the food was fantastic, the service was wonderful, and the drinks were delicious.

(989) 362-8659

Pizza, Delis

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Whitetail Cafe

221 Newman St
East Tawas, 48730
Reviews:
Whitetail in has been around for as long as I can remember. Although I am not sure if it was around when I was younger. Whitetail is small. So small in that I think maybe there are 10-15 booths. Don't let the size fool you. It packs a lot of punch in the tiny place. They are only open from 9am to 2pm. It's a dive and should be featured on Diners Drive-In and Dives. (aka Triple D.) The wait it short, the wait staff is super friendly and constantly on the go. The food is home-cooked amazing goodness. Best part, it's one of the cheapest places to eat in town.
Best place for breakfast in town. Went with 4 people and all of us ordered omelettes which were very good. Loaded with cheese, bacon, whatever you want. Rye toast was excellent. Potatoes are an extra charge which is my only complaint. They charge 6.75 for an omelette and can't throw in a side of potatoes??? Wait staff was friendly.
Not a bad breakfast option for a small town. Old-school diner vibe, with great service. The biscuit was awesome, but the sausage gravy was just so-so, making for a mediocre biscuits & gravy experience. However, the praline pancakes (Sunday special) were outstanding! They even had real butter, which is a must. If only they used pure maple syrup, I'd have been obligated to tack on another star. I'd go back if/when I find myself "up nort" on a Sunday morning.

(989) 362-1090

Breakfast & Brunch, Burgers, American (Traditional)

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Topsiders

300 East Bay St
East Tawas, 48730
Reviews:
This is a tired hotel restaurant and I don't recommend it. The service was S-L-O-W and the food not so great. The hotel itself is on the bay and the view in the restaurant is lovely. But, the restrooms are cold and dingy and the restaurant smells like someone smokes after hours. I had a burger and fries that left me feeling unsettled for several hours after having eaten it. My husband had a half rack of ribs that were OK but not great. The thing that killed this experience for me was waiting for 45 minutes for our soups to arrive and that I sat with an empty glass for most of that time. The server finally came and filled our glasses and apologized for the wait - advising us that the soup wasn't completely done cooking... 5 minutes later, our soup finally arrived (tomato bisque and it was very tasty) and 5 minutes after that, our main courses. My burger was not cooked to order and I was not surprised. The only reason I didn't send it back was because I didn't want to have wait another 45 minutes to get another burger made. The meal took nearly 2 hours and we were the only guests in the restaurant.
What a pleasant surprise! We were in town for a friend's birthday and wanted something more upscale than bar food. We ended up at Topsider's because Huron Breeze only serves dinner in their restaurant on Friday and Saturday. We had a table of 7, and our server was able to handle all of our requests very efficiently. We loved the bread with the homemade pesto served before the meal- we even got an order to take home! I had the Chicken Bella for my entree. It was moist, flavorful, and hot! The ambiance with the view of Lake Huron only added to the experience. I will definitely visit Topsider's on my next trip to the Tawases.
After reading some the other reviews, I was a little concerned about dining at this restaurant. But I decided to try it anyway and I was pleasantly surprised. We had a gorgeous view of the East Tawas Marina, great service, a quiet atmosphere where it was easy to talk, reasonable prices and a tasty lunch. Our server was very polite and accommodating to everyone in our party and he made sure we had an enjoyable experience.

(989) 362-8600

Bars, American (Traditional)

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Big Boy

1222 E US Hwy 23
East Tawas, 48730
Reviews:
Given the dining options in the area you could do much, much worse. The food is standard Big Boy. The service is hit and miss. If you get the breakfast bar on the weekends you can see what you are getting and barely have to deal with the servers...Bonus!!
The service was bad. Twenty minutes after placing our order, the waitress dropped off a fruit bowl in front of me, saying "See, I didn't forget about you." A half hour later the rest of the meal arrived -- a somewhat undercooked omelet. I would have been more understanding if the place was super busy, but that wasn't the case. They seemed most efficient at having us pay the bill.
I was referred to another restaurant for dinner but they were closed so I came here instead. II usually try to avoid chains but I figured, heck, I'll at least get to have a piece of their delicious strawberry pie! There are no Big Boy's in San Diego any more and that pie is one thing I loved to get there. Wouldn't you know it, they were out of it that evening! I had one of my favorites from the past--a Slim Jim--deluxe I think--and had to stop by the next day on my way out of town for the pie. I was glad to have the opportunity to taste it again. It was as good as I remembered!

(989) 362-4403

Breakfast & Brunch, American (Traditional), Diners

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Barnacle Bill’s

119 Newman St
East Tawas, 48730
Reviews:
Pretty good restaurant overall. They have good burgers, good fish, good appetizers. If you are looking for bar food, this is the place. They also have some kind of all you can eat chili dogs on wednesdays, im not sure for how long out of the year. Those are alright. Other than that this place is typically filled up. The general consensus is that everyone is happy with this restaurant
It is a bar but my family and I usually go just for a cheap breakfast in the morning! It's breakfast food, you can't screw it up! The only thing that was bad was the service. I feel bad that there's usually only 1-2 waiters/waitresses on staff! They need more help. The food comes out usually over 40 minutes which is a ridiculous wait time.
I have only eaten breakfast here and it's not too bad for a bar. I mean, it's breakfast, you really can't screw it up. But, be prepared for a long wait to get your food. It's always at least 30 minutes.

(989) 362-5701

American (Traditional), Bars, Breakfast & Brunch

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The Northwoods Steak House

1222 E Bay St
East Tawas, 48730
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This was recommended by the concierge at our hotel by the best restaurant to eat at... I think they may have meant Big Boy next door? Fish entree ordered was not deboned and either microwaved or just baked to death under the heat lamps. Along with the other entrees ordered at the table that aren't every worth the characters to elaborate on. It's a shame that is the low standard of food in Tawas. Management was embarrassing for this quaint northern beach town who chose to barely make our experience any better. Choose some other place to indulge on your Tawas vacation. Anywhere.. but here.
We stopped here on a trip after some recommendations and even after reading some of the negative reviews. We are very picky and tend to eat at upscale restaurants so I was skeptical going in. I have to say, we were pleasantly surprised and thought the atmosphere, service and food were great! Definitely would dine again!
I've taken countless to East Tawas over the decades, and eaten at every restaurant in town, and after two trips I can honestly say that this is the absolute worst food in the area. The first trip was prime rib: gristly and very fatty, and the potatoes were cold and lumpy. The second trip was with some friends. My steak fries were so overcooked the skins were black and flaked off like burned cardboard, and the edges of my burger were burned to a crisp. My friend's salmon was way overdone, rubbery and tasteless. It's not like the kitchen was overworked as there were only three parties in the whole place. Seriously, the Big Boy next door is better. I suggested that to my friends on my last trip, but they were intrigued by the decor and wanted to try it. The ambiance is just great and the wait staff is very nice, but unless the food improves a lot, I don't see how they'll stay in business. You can't eat the decor.

(989) 362-5321

Steakhouses

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Hsing’s Garden Chinese Restaurant

600 E Bay St
East Tawas, 48730
Reviews:
Excellent Chinese for up north michigan. Dinner is pricy: lunch specials rock and well priced.
Very pricey for the quality of food. Also, it wouldnt hurt them to throw their tablecloths in the laundry every once in a while. I wont be returning here. With the chinese buffet opening up down the street, there really isnt any reason for me to come back to this place.
DIRTY! The tables have a glass top over the tablecloth but the sides of the tablecloth were covered with dried food that was dripped from other diners....Very gross. I had chicken schezuan which is usually spicy. The sauce was very sweet with lots of celery. Chicken was tasteless. Soup and fried rice have MSG in it.

(989) 362-5341

Chinese

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Marmar Gourmet

131 Newman St
East Tawas, 48730
Reviews:
I have had some tasty baked goods from Marmar. The huge problem with Marmar however is the counter staff. A friend and I have stopped in many times over the years and at times have purchased a fair amount of pasties (sic) and cookies to take home and share with friends and family. The woman behind the counter, who I believe is also the owner, is never very friendly or really seems to appreciate our business. My co-shopper refers to her as a sour puss. So I walked in again this past weekend prepared to drop some cash, and she gave me a hello. Nothing overly friendly, but adequate. The couple that followed me in she then asked how are you two doing and offered to help them even though I had already walked in before them. I walked out never to return due to her poor attitude. My friend did not walk in at all and says that anyone that hates their job that much just shouldn't bother working with the public. Agreed!

(989) 362-5380

Bakeries

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